Clever 425 sq. ft. Manhattan Micro-Loft Stacks Upwards for More Space

by , 05/26/13

Manhattan Micro Loft, Specht Harpman, micro apartment, tiny apartment, tiny house, upper west side, small space living

The original apartment was awkwardly laid out with oddly placed and sized rooms, none of which were really large enough for a bed or a couch. The owners wanted to use it as a pied-à-terre and enlisted the help of NYC firm Specht Harpman to handle the renovations. Their solution was to create a continuous circulation up from the entrance to the rooftop deck. Through efficient use of space, built-in storage and furniture and a light-filled design, the apartment seems much larger than its 425 sq ft.

Upon entering, you arrive in the kitchen, which has sleek white cabinets and hidden appliances concealed in the cabinets. The bathroom is tucked off to your right. Up a few steps is the open living room with high ceilings and a media center built into the virtual hearth. A staircase with built-in storage below leads up to the lofted bedroom with a bed that cantilevers out over the living room. Finally another staircase leads up to the rooftop deck and garden. Windows from high above fill the space with daylight, and the white walls bounce light around even more. The only door is the one leading into the bathroom, otherwise, the open floor plan makes the micro apartment seem light and airy.

+ Specht Harpman Architects

Via New York Times

Images ©Taggart Sorenson



  1. Mark Grogan December 20, 2015 at 11:51 pm
    When it comes to storage, the key should be to utilize every inch of space vertically. It is similar to that of every small spaces we see around the house like the kitchen for instance whereby we utilize our walls with shelves and racks to maximize space to its maximum capability. The same rule can therefore be applied to room concepts.
  2. Douglas Montgomery July 6, 2014 at 10:22 am
    Nice design and space planning, but his is not small apartment. It is modest yes, but it hardly warrants commendation for overcoming conditions inhumane or even particularly inconvenient.
  3. cpooibao April 19, 2014 at 6:16 am
    thanks! i love it....
  4. Aishwarya A April 19, 2014 at 12:33 am
    what was the estimated cost for building this home?
  5. Zoe Dainow March 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm
    OMG! I love it! Brilliant & clever Design!?
  6. Thomas McGuire November 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm
    let me guess, the rent on this one is $1500/mo... :(
  7. User1 May 26, 2013 at 1:03 pm
    I love this !!!